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Remodeling projects have seen an upsurge as the housing market improves, and often homeowners want to do the work themselves. But whether they hire a contractor for the big jobs or tackle a to-do list of repairs around the house on their own, having the right tools is a big part of getting the job done.In any case, remodelers aren't alone in their quest to improve their home...more
Smartphones provide us with so many conveniences it can be tough to keep up with them all. While many of us know the basics - how to text, which apps are the best and what emojis we like - we are missing out on so many more features.Here are 10 smartphone secrets you might not have discovered.1. Set a photo timer Sometimes selfies don't cut it, and let's face it - no...more
When a powerful storm causes feet of snow or fallen branches to punch a hole in your roof, you don't have time to wait for a contractor to patch the hole with quality materials. Most homeowners just need a quick fix to stop the elements from coming into their homes. While none of these roof repair ideas are good for more than a few weeks, they can be life-savers when...more
While few people wander into the woods with the intention of getting lost, it's a real risk that hikers and adventurers take. Even experienced explorers can find themselves in tricky and dangerous situations where wilderness survival instincts must come into play.Before you fill up your pack and head for the hills, check out these 10 wilderness survival tools and...more
If you have a driveway and live in an area that gets covered in snow every winter, keeping a snowblower on hand in your shed or garage may well be a worthwhile investment. But like any piece of heavy machinery, snowblowers can be harmful if not used correctly. Here are some general guidelines to help you clear the way for your car without sustaining any injuries.First and...more
Sewing is one of the oldest and most useful hobbies to pick up at any age - it's entertaining, relaxing and productive. From the creation of clothes and bags to decorative embroidery additions, you can incorporate sewing into your life in a variety of ways.Learning how to sew can be frustrating and time-consuming, but you will feel accomplished and proud once you get it...more
Smartphones are a great way to check email, play games and keep in touch on the go, but they all seem to share one flaw: a short battery life. Here are some tips to keep your battery charged longer.Avoid streaming Streaming video and audio is an amazing feature of many smartphones, but it can rapidly drain your phone's battery, notes CNET. Playing music or video that is...more
When the mercury drops, many people's heating bills skyrocket. Often it isn't the low temperatures that are responsible for the high heat costs, but frequently people's homes are inefficient and don't keep enough of the heat inside. The U.S. Department of Energy said that people's homes are one of the largest users of energy in country, but...more
The best way to avoid hefty repair bills from your car mechanic is to identify the problem early. Many people don't know the signs of an impending car problem or try to ignore it until it goes away. This can lead to serious problems and may require the replacement of your engine, transmission, or even your entire car.Engine noises If you hear knocking noises from you car's...more
Patching small holes in the wall is a fairly easy project, but can create a bigger blemish when done improperly. Although you can hang a picture in front of it for now, that hole will be there waiting the next time you redecorate. Read on, because smooth walls are just a few steps away.Prep work First thing's first: Can you actually fix the hole yourself? If it's...more